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Recycling at home

Every residential property in Westminster including individual houses or blocks of flats receives at least one mixed recycling collection per week.

Only put materials listed in section 1 in your clear bags and in large recycling bins on communal properties.

If you live on an estate, put your recycling in reusable bags. Then empty the contents into your estate's communal recycling bins and keep the reusable bag to use again.

Reusable recycling bag

1. What goes in mixed recycling

Before recycling:

  • rinse out bottles, jars, tins and cans and remove lids
  • flatten all cardboard
Put the following in your mixed recycling
Paper and cardboard
Food tins and drinks cans
Mixed glass bottles and jars
Cartons eg Tetra Paks
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
Aerosol cans; they should be empty and not crushed
Aluminium foil, washed and squashed


Read more information about what can be recycled in Westminster, collection times and how to order recycling bags.

2. What doesn't go in mixed recycling

Put these items in your rubbish
Carrier bags or black bags
Polystyrene packing or beads
Bubble wrap - please reuse
Plastic film or clingfilm
Crisp packets or sweet wrappers
Takeaway coffee cups, coffee machine capsules and pods
Wet wipes, tissues and paper towel
Broken glassware, Pyrex dishes - wrapped in newspaper
Broken windows and mirror glass - wrapped in newspaper

Check if your property is part of our food waste recycling trial.

Compost your garden and food waste (if you can't compost your garden and food waste, put it in your rubbish).

Find out how to dispose of hazardous waste items like household hazardous chemical containers

3. Recycling textiles, small electrical appliances and books

There are a number of on-street recycling bins for textiles, small electrical appliances and books in Westminster.

How to recycle textiles

How to recycle small electrical appliances

How to recycle books

4. Large items

If you have bulky items to dispose of, don't dump them in the street for someone else to deal with.

There are many ways to get rid of big items such as mattresses, sofas and fridges.

Recycle large items

5. Recycling tips

About 50% of the waste we produce can easily be recycled in Westminster.

Read these tips on recycling:

  • remember shampoo bottles, egg boxes, toilet roll tubes and clean aluminium foil can all be recycled
  • squash down bottles, cans and boxes to help you fit more into your recycling bag or container
  • help your flatmates or family by putting a list of what you can recycle on the fridge door
  • if you forget to put your recycling out on your collection day, you can still recycle it at your nearest recycling centre
  • save money by making your food go further - gets tips on Love Food, Hate Waste

Check out our leaflet guide to mixed recycling (PDF, 1MB)

Last updated: 6 August 2020